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To create an enlightened and engaged citizenry by keeping, communicating and connecting our cultural, historical and natural heritage in ways that promote deeper understanding of people and place.
The York County Culture and Heritage Commission (CHC) was formed in 1997 from a merger between two York County, SC government-supported institutions: the Museum of York County and the York County Historical Commission. We have drawn on the historical strengths of these parents to promote documentation, preservation, and interpretation of the cultural and natural histories of the Carolina Piedmont of North and South Carolina. Our sites include the Museum of York County in Rock Hill, SC; Historic Brattonsville in McConnells, South Carolina and The McCelvey Center in York, SC.
Historic Brattonsville, is a 775-acre historic site that includes a Revolutionary War battlefield and the homes of three generations of the Bratton family. The site features more than 30 historic structures, which may be toured and are also used during living history programs where costumed-interpreters â relive the pastâ by demonstrating a variety of themed days.
The McCelvey Center building was constructed as a public school c.1903 and renovated in 1922. It now includes a 560-seat theater, which hosts an annual performance series, several art-related studios, and the Jane Bratton Spratt Reception Room, which is available for wedding receptions and other social functions. The theater is home to the Yorkville Players Theatre Group and Center Stage, an Arts-in-Education program serving regional school children. McCelvey Center also houses the Historical Center of York County whose archives are available for genealogical and historical research related to the region.Research databases include 18th and 19th century occupations; Confederate veterans; Revolutionary War Battle Inventory; Blacks in the American Revolution; Bobby Moss Southern Revolutionary War Collection index; and Bratton Family records and documents.
At the Museum of York County, permanent exhibitions include more than 200 full-mounted African animals as well as an outstanding collection of African artifacts. Among several galleries of changing exhibitions concentrating on art, science, history and natural history, the Museum of York County is also home to the Vernon Grant Gallery, which is devoted to the creator of Kellogg's Rice KrispiesÂ characters Snap! Crackle! and Pop!Â. The Settlemyre Planetarium shows use state-of-the-art audio and visual, slides and special effects to bring the cosmos to you.
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